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Justin Timberlake took the Super Bowl stage for the first time since exposing Janet Jackson, on that same stage so many years ago. Im sure JT prayed for this performance to be better than that one, but based off social medias reaction, I don’t know if it was.
Millions watched as Justin dedicated a piece of his performance to Prince, as a performance of the late singer played on a projection, creating a somewhat duet.
Many were upset because this is exactly what Prince did NOT want. Based off an interview Prince did in 1998, he was asked about technology being used to allow living artist to duet with ones who have passed away.
Prince answered saying, “That’s the most demonic thing imaginable. Everything is as it is, and it should be. If I was meant to jam with Duke Ellington, we would have lived in the same age. That whole virtual reality thing… it really is demonic. And I am not a demon. Also, what they did with that Beatles song [“Free As a Bird”], manipulating John Lennon’s voice to have him singing from across the grave… that’ll never happen to me. To prevent that kind of thing from happening is another reason why I want artistic control.”
Comedian Sinbad really had a problem with JT’s performance, tweeting:
Okay punkass justin Timberlake. You was cool till you pulled that Prince bullshit. You dissed Prince on a track of yours and you dissed him onstage when you lowered the mic stand onstage when prince won an award. Later for ya ass
— Sinbad (@sinbadbad) February 5, 2018
Prince just upstaged Justin Timberlake and he’s dead. #halftime sucks.
— Robert (@REALrdmartin) February 5, 2018
Prince didn't want this Justin!
— Domi The Agitator🍯 (@Groovycap) February 5, 2018
I don’t recall Prince liking Justin much especially after he dissed him. This dude.
— Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) February 5, 2018